Continuing from engagement in early 2020, APP will oversee the design and construction of the new major cultural and civic precinct that includes approximately 10,000m2 of commercial and public space.
The milestone was recently marked by an official sod turning ceremony where local Indigenous Elder Aunty Matilda House (Ngambri-Ngunnawal woman) performed a Welcome to Country and smoked the ground, that is located on Ngambri land. The ceremony was attended by the project team including APP, builder ADCO, architects Cox Architecture and sub-consultants Indesco, as well as SMEC, QPRC, CEO Peter Taggart, Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall, along with local journalists.
The new precinct will have a strong focus on cultural events and community use in the Canberra region. Designed as a landmark building, two towers will be built that connect to the existing Bicentennial Hall and provide improved access to the Q Theatre. Visitors to the precinct will also enjoy a new library, public domain for civic events, conference meeting rooms and facilities. The design includes a new head office for council staff, basement car parking, as well as commercial lettable spaces for new initiatives like smart hubs and space for NSW Government offices.
Construction completion is anticipated for early 2023.
The APP project team pictured L to R: Liam Reilly, Kirk Bolte, Alana Travis and Dylan Choy.